Green Thumb Challenge

Who We Are
Welcome and pull up a chair – you have found us at the Green Thumb Challenge Blog, where we live and breathe topics related to youth gardening. From best practices to opportunities (i.e. funding, educational), our insights are shaped by the feedback of thousands of Green Thumb Challenge participants nationwide – educators, youth group leaders, families and community members who grow gardens with kids all across the country, and are committed to improving the health and well-being of our nation’s youth!

Cub Pack 44 Learning How to Plant Seedlings, Walpole, MA

The word “green” has several important meanings to our team here at the Green Education Foundation. We teach youth and their communities how to integrate “green” pro-environment behaviors and habits into their daily lives during National Green Week. In our Green Buildings Course, high school students study the nuts and bolts of green architecture, and learn how to make recommendations for improved energy efficiency in their own school buildings.

The Green Thumb Challenge, GEF’s nationwide youth gardening initiative, is the largest of its kind in history, calling on the nation to plant 10,000 gardens. While 1 in 3 kids are obese or overweight and in 1 in 4 kids in America are hungry, the Green Thumb Challenge mobilizes the country to join efforts and get kids outside and growing.

Stripling Elementary Garden Club Norcross, GA

$5,000 Grant Opportunity!
Then there is another important connotation with green – the kind that some say makes the world go round. While we wouldn’t go that far, there is no question that any project in environment education depends on steady funding to ensure its sustainability.

To that end, GEF has teamed up with Gardener’s Supply Company to offer a $5,000 grant for an exceptional youth garden project. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of a youth gardening program that has demonstrated success, and made an impact on kids and their community!

Here are the nuts & bolts:
1. Sign up for the Green Thumb Challenge at To apply for the grant, you need to be a GTC member – registration is free, and provides you with complete access to GEF online resources.

2. Visit the GEF Grant page on the website to learn more information and how to apply.

The 2011 Grant deadline is September 30th!

Global Gardens Garden Sign Tulsa, OK

Special thanks to Gardener’s Supply Co., a Vermont-based company which serves millions of gardeners nationwide. Gardener’s Supply is the gardener’s garden supply store, providing garden-tested, earth-friendly products that help their customers have more fun and success in their gardens from season to season! Learn more at the Gardener’s Supply Company Website.

About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

Mission Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability Education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions. Visit to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.
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